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Today I Sought Peace and Found It

Yesterday was a very frustrating computer day. Something that should have taken no more than half an hour took two hours because every page took an eternity to load, so it seemed. I had to use four programs to process one order, and all depend on the internet working right. I was very glad to get home.

Today has been more peaceful but I had several projects to work on. When the gardener showed up, I knew I needed to get out for a walk, so I headed out a country road not far from home. I got some wonderful photos that should supply blog material for several days, but most of all I found peace and quiet. I was a few miles east of town and after taking a few photos of trees and rural scenery, I drove past Sculpterra Winery and saw it was open – not usual for a Tuesday. On my way back to town I stopped there, and almost no one was there who was not inside the tasting room.

This offered me the opportunity to get clear views of the sculptures in the sculpture garden for taking photos. But the best part was the walk around the gardens and the walk down a road between the vineyards and a farm with goats, horses, and burros. They decided to come and check me out. The goat was funny, but I decided the burro made a clearer photo for the top of this article.

This is the quiet vineyard. It was quiet except for birds singing. It was like a soothing balm to my spirit to soak in the silence. It appeared in the sky that a storm might be approaching, but so far it hasn't started to rain. I hope it will tomorrow.

I took the photo.

Eventually I knew it was about time for the tasting room to close, and since I didn't want to be locked in the gates I decided to turn back. As I approached the tasting room back door on the way to my car, this is what I saw.

I took the photo.

I got the distinct impression that these kitties were usually given some food after the tasting room closed and they were waiting for their handouts. Do you think so?

Image Credit » I took the photo.

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iwrite28 wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:55 AM

Your photographs and description of the path to peace are lovely...and yes, the cats do look like they are waiting.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:13 AM

It gets on my nerves when my computer goes haywire once in a while .I love those photos very much .I can imagine people there lead a tranquil life .By the way ,why is there a sculpture garden in the winery ?

allen0187 wrote on April 22, 2015, 6:39 AM

The photo of the cats was kinda creepy to be honest. The other photos that you included and the descriptions you gave, those gave me a sense of peace as well.

Hope your computer works better now and doesn't give you anymore problems.

BeckyWiegers wrote on April 22, 2015, 6:57 AM

I'm glad you were able to find some peace and quiet. There is nothing like getting away from people and back to the earth for that.

MegL wrote on April 22, 2015, 7:42 AM

In this country we usually say, "I hope it won't rain" but I can understand that in California, some rain would be very welcome.

msiduri wrote on April 22, 2015, 7:46 AM

Lovely pics. And among the cats waiting for a handout. There seems to be a family resemblance, or is that my imagination?

CalmGemini wrote on April 22, 2015, 8:31 AM

Like always good photos.As msiduri wrote some similarity among the cats.May be all are in waiting mode.Glad that you could get the peace you sought.

Feisty56 wrote on April 22, 2015, 9:16 AM

Lovely photos -- thanks for sharing your little chunk of peace with us. I'll join you in hoping some rain is soon coming your way.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 22, 2015, 9:45 AM

Lovely place to be able to walk, it would relax you

rosepetal wrote on April 22, 2015, 11:07 AM

Ha! It definitely looks like the cats are patiently waiting their turn. Maybe they feed them and bring them in after their day is done. And the path of peace and quiet looks wonderful. Everyone needs a little time to oneself to reflect and get all the chatter out of one's head just to focus.

SLGarcia wrote on April 22, 2015, 12:36 PM

Time for the cats to have their tasting experience!

WordChazer wrote on April 22, 2015, 2:32 PM

My computer played war with me yesterday too, so it's good to know I'm not alone. Those kitties are definitely miffed! Did you get to stroke the burro? From my recollection, their coats are quite soft.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:49 PM

The walk was so perfect yesterday with being able to soak up that peace.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:51 PM

The founder of Sculpterra was inspired by a European Sculpture garden he had seen, and he wanted one for his winery. The entire tasting room and its surroundings are full of art of all kinds.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:51 PM

I don't think that's what they wanted.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:53 PM

It's the laptop I have to take home to process orders that acts up. I believe it only does it there, and I suspect it's my internet service provider. I only have DSL there, but when I was living at home and using my iMac, it didn't load so slowly.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:54 PM

Yes. Solitude is hard to find these days, since most public places are crowded.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:55 PM

Yes, it would be very welcome, but the sun appears to be coming out. If it doesn't rain I'll have to water my seeds tonight.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:57 PM

I think there is a strong family resemblance. Many small farms and wineries do have litters they got at once and let them grow up. I'm sure these felines earn their keep here.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:58 PM

That's the nice thing about living close to the vineyards. There is always a place to find quiet. Normally I don't get to them when they are open.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:58 PM

Thank you. We need it badly.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 3:59 PM

Vineyards are great places to walk -- unless it's muddy.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:00 PM

I don't know if they bring the cats in at night or not, but maybe they do.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:03 PM

That's right, LOL! It is a tasting room, after all.

BarbRad wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:04 PM

I'm not sure it's a good idea to pet animals who don't know you. I talk to them through the fence. I saw horses yesterday, too.

msiduri wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:43 PM

Ah! Mousers.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 23, 2015, 12:43 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Well, the cats alone were worth the trip, weren't they? My week has not gone as planned either. Just as I was getting back in the swing of things from nagging my human to finish the taxes, the squirrels ate my new internet cable and I had to go days and days (a whole weekend's worth!) without a way to make cat food money or watch cute cat videos. It was so horrible, I just curled up on the couch and tried not to think about it.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:04 AM

I could feel the peace and quiet in your vineyard picture. Lovely post emoticon :smile:

BarbRad wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:42 PM

Ah, Guiness, I feel for both you and Debbi to be without your connection to the world and the money it can earn. I've missed you both and wondered what happened. Our dear Sarah has never returned, and I feel the worst has happened to her. I wish her humans had taken better care of her. Of the five cats they started with, they have only two left -- Garfield and the "kitten." I'm not going to let myself get attached to either one.

BarbRad wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:43 PM

I'm glad I could share the peace with you.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 24, 2015, 2:25 AM

Oh ,I see.He combines art with his winery .

BarbRad wrote on April 24, 2015, 3:27 AM

Yes. We all need to do that in some way, even if it is just to be still where we are and know that He is God.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on April 25, 2015, 1:20 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. That's so sad about the cats. Our week just kind of never got back on track after the internet was fixed. Too many things keep interfering. Hopefully we can get it under control next week.

Shellyann36 wrote on April 25, 2015, 7:36 PM

It is good to be able to escape to peace and quiet. I have enjoyed the photos and the story that goes with it. The cats are so pretty. I guess they are waiting for the daily feeding.

MariaMontgomery wrote on May 15, 2015, 6:25 PM

Sounds like a wonderful end to a stressful day. Can't beat that.